CBA Weekend @ Virtual

CBA Weekend @ Virtual
When
12/3/2020 - 12/6/2020

Program

   

Thursday, 03 December 2020

 
Education leaders are inundated with new mandates, reporting requirements and unprecedented pressures to significantly elevate student achievement. In order to effectively measure school district success, data must drive how boards of education make decisions. Data can be found virtually everywhere, but accessing the right data, understanding how to use it and supporting their administration are big uncertainties facing board members. This introductory course will provide board members with clarification about the different types of data for the strategic, tactical, administrative and operational roles of boards and districts.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

What kinds and types of Superintendent/staff reports are most valuable for boards to receive in order to fulfill the board's monitoring role? Has your board determined and communicated what it needs? During this course you will have the opportunity to learn how to evaluate the quality of staff reports, how to use them to measure and evaluate organizational performance and how to improve and increase accountability and communication with staff.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

One of the major responsibilities of a board of education is setting strategic direction and developing goals for their district. This interactive course describes a process that includes an analysis of the district environment, community and staff input, and essential district data that’s at the core of a successful, functional strategic plan. Learn the board's role in goal-setting, the best approach for planning, how to identify key issues, trends and forces impacting school districts, how to develop goals and key indicators to assess progress, and why they are essential for accountability.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Strong bonds of trust among members of the school community are essential for districts interested in improving. Research shows that schools reporting strong trust links across the organization were three times more likely to report improvements in math and reading scores. Building trusting ties among school boards, parents, administrators, teachers and students will be the focus of this session. Roadblocks to building and maintaining trust in schools will be addressed as well as specific strategies to develop trust between and among groups.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

A reporter is looking for you…what are you going to say when the camera turns on, or a microphone is stuck in your face? Preparing for successful media interviews and learning how to state your message effectively will be covered. Find out how to avoid common mistakes and reporters’ traps. Develop usable sound bites on key issues in public education.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Friday, 04 December 2020

 
This course is designed to teach the necessary skills and knowledge for establishing policy. You will learn how to identify common policy errors, develop procedures, oversee policy and use the Policymaker's Checklist.
Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM

When your superintendent leaves, will your board face a leadership vacuum or will you have a succession plan in place? This highly interactive course will provide board members with the tools to plan and prepare for a change in superintendents and specifically address three different situations: the unexpected emergency, the transitional situation and the anticipation of a change
Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM

Learn practical, research-based ways to communicate effectively with parents, community groups, the media and others in times of stress or controversy. This course will help you address the real questions, often unspoken, on the minds of people in your school community so that the message received by the listener was the one you intended to send. You will have a chance to develop and test your responses to the difficult questions you face in your own district.
Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM

Problems confront school district leaders on a regular basis. How you deal with disagreements, conflicting interests and problems defines your commitment to civility. Board members need to model how they want their organization to operate and how all members of the school community should react to one another. This class will offer insights on ways to deal with conflict at all levels in a civilized manner, which can lead to more effective boardsmanship and improved student achievement.
Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM

With the number of changes on school boards, this class will focus on helping boards identify potential reasons for high board turnover, develop necessary tools for improved communication for retention as well as help develop communication plans, orientation, and processes for success when dealing with board member turnover.
Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM

Board members will become acquainted with the nature and language of labor relations and public schools. The relationship of the Public Employment Relations Act to the Michigan Employment Relation Commission will be emphasized.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Learn the how-to’s and what-to’s of media relations in this course. Understand the basics of working with the media and methods to help school board members get their message out.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Research shows that people fall into four distinct personality types, each with different strengths and needs. By learning the characteristics of each, board members will be able to enhance their ability to work as an effective leadership team, and develop techniques to improve communication and reduce conflict.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

The financial position of a school district is disclosed annually in a year-end financial report prepared by an independent auditor. The major purpose of this process is to determine if the financial statements submitted for audit have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Learn how to interpret key components of your district’s audit report in order to deepen your understanding of this important financial document that is presented to the public. As the public, legislature and media call for greater accountability and transparency of district finances, this course will help you be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Do you and your fellow board members always act in an ethical manner? The major no-no's are pretty clear, but there are many times when there is a fine line between good intentions and unethical behavior. Join your colleagues from around the state in an analysis of real life scenarios that explore that fine line and provide a deeper understanding of ethical board conduct.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Saturday, 05 December 2020

 
Whether you just won your election or have been serving your community for some time now, Fundamentals of School Board Service will provide you with both a broad overview of your role in school district governance and explore key aspects of school board work. Topics include school board responsibilities, school district structure, effective school board meetings, legal considerations and much more. This course is full of the “just-in-time” information and skills you will need to serve with confidence.
Time
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
8:30 AM

The school law course gives board members an overview of the school code governing Michigan school districts. Important issues like general liability, conflict of interest, administrators' contracts and current trends and controversies in school law are covered.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

Understanding the trends affecting school and communities is key in establishing positive relationships. Learn how new approaches and media options will help you connect with and engage your target audiences while building trust. Discover how to listen to your audiences and how that input can benefit board decisionmaking.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

Learn practical strategies on how to develop or improve board/superintendent relations. Included in this session will be tips for communication, how to “agree to disagree” appropriately, and strategies to help develop the type of trust that is necessary for a board and superintendent to operate together in a very positive manner.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

Teacher quality is a national issue with virtually every state discussing how to evaluate teachers and determine their impact on student achievement. No matter the discussions, we all agree that students must have access to highly effective teachers. This course is all about teacher quality and participants will learn the difference between teacher qualifications and teacher effectiveness, what growth data says about teacher effectiveness, how boards can use data to determine equitable access to effective teachers, and how boards can align their decisions to improve teacher quality and access. This course also addresses how to engage your stakeholders in the teacher quality discussion.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

The forces that drive changes in curriculum, instruction and assessment in schools are here in the form of global competition and an education gap never before seen in the United States. This introductory course will provide board members with an understanding of the changing world, components of an effective curriculum delivery system, and the board's role in curriculum, instruction and assessment in order to enable student achievement.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

Learn from an experienced parliamentarian the best way to conduct your board meetings and still comply with Michigan law—what to do and not to do in board meetings. If your board says it uses Robert’s Rules of Order as its parliamentary procedure, this is the course to actually learn how and get all of your questions answered.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

As a result of taking this course, board members will have a better understanding of and appreciation for the important part of communication we term "feedback.” The course focuses on both formal and informal feedback. It discusses ways to gain feedback, what feedback is appropriate, how to determine the validity of feedback and how to use feedback to better reflect community views.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

This foundation-building course will help school boards use data effectively in their governance role. Learn how data can be organized and presented in a clear format that the public and other stakeholders can understand. Participants will also learn what data board teams are using and how it can positively impact their goal-setting and planning.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

In this course, participants will get a detailed account of the legislative process, learn lobbying techniques and get an overview of current legislative issues. Upon completion, board members will be ready and able to take legislative advocacy into their own hands and embrace the role of citizen lobbyist.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

What are all the aspects of the Michigan Open Meetings Act? Is your board in full compliance? What are the latest Attorney General opinions and how do they affect your governance roles? This three-hour discussion/Q & A will explore these and other areas.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

This course offers board members practical experience in understanding the process of board self-assessment, and how it can be used to improve the board’s functions and relationships. Learn about the various assessment tools, the benefits of board self-assessment, when to conduct a board self-assessment and the mistakes to avoid when doing self-assessments.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Have you ever thought to yourself that some of your board meetings could run much more effectively? A chronic complaint of many board members is that meetings are often unproductive, uninspiring and overly time-consuming. This course will introduce you to practical strategies and techniques that will lead to effective and productive meetings. Learn about ways to work with the superintendent, maintain order during public comments, facilitate difficult discussions, plan and prepare for board meetings, work with the media and many other helpful tips.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

With the crucial conversations about students graduating high school being college and career ready, this course takes board members on a data journey to help achieve their goals of preparing all students for the real world. This course covers the “must-know” topics of preparing high school graduates for the 21st Century and the data that can be used to determine readiness for postsecondary education and good jobs. There’s a vast array of data to navigate through and this course will highlight what data is needed to serve as early indicators that students are on track for graduation or in danger of dropping out. Postsecondary data will also be highlighted that can shed light on PreK-12 quality, policies and practices that boards can develop to assure all students graduate qualified for success.
Time
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
6:00 PM

Sunday, 06 December 2020

 
Learn the basics of building strong community support for schools and education. You will identify internal and external audiences, learn how to establish a key communicator network and develop strategies for communicating effectively.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

Consensus building uses collaboration to problem solve and make decisions. In this course you will have the opportunity to learn about how you as a board member can improve the decision making process of your board. As a board member you have the responsibility to be a leader for your constituents when decisions are made. This course will help participants reach consensus and make decisions that will be supported by all board members and the stakeholders in your district. The process of building consensus before voting can bring far greater success than just voting. Learn the persuasive skills necessary to influence voting in a positive way.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

Hone your skills as an advocate for public education in a nuts-and-bolts session on three critical skills: writing letters-to-the-editor; crafting key messages and sound bites; and participating in editorial boards and public forums.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

Successful school districts know and understand that assessment is not the same thing as accountability. Unfortunately, due to years of outside pressure and accountability reform, assessment has turned into a negative term that creates anxiety for teachers, administrators and school district leaders across the country. This course will help school board members gain a deeper understanding of the “why” behind assessment administration, the types of assessment practices that help inform and drive instructional practices, and how data can be used to set direction for entire school systems all while employing a balanced approach to assessment practices.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

Now that the bond campaign has passed, the next step is to organize and manage the construction project. This class will provide board members with practical tips on how to interact with administrators and staff, architect, general contractor or construction manager, and citizen stakeholders. There will be a specific focus on project scope, project oversight, financial accountability, and common mistakes. Participants will be able to apply practical tips learned to either a proposed or current construction project. Participants also will share successful or unsuccessful experiences from a construction project.
Time
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

The first portion of this course deals with the current State School Aid Act and its importance to and future impact on local boards of education. The second portion explores development and monitoring phases of a local district's budget, and includes some of the pitfalls that board members might face.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

Ever wondered about those "unwritten" rules that govern board service in your district? How are these rules created? Who knows about them? This course will help change those "unwritten" rules into a set of team operating procedures for your district. Learn the steps to develop procedures, the difference between procedures and policies, and the benefits of having written procedures for board operations.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

This course focuses on effective oral communication for school leaders. Learn to speak with confidence and to use persuasive communication techniques to express leadership. Discover how your background and life experiences can help you relate to your audience and establish your credibility. Practice and receive feedback in a safe and comfortable environment.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

Data dashboards are all the buzz—in businesses and schools—to help present and monitor data that allows for effective tracking and analysis of student achievement and other data. Data dashboards can help to inform school boards about the value of data in governance, policy, budgeting and achievement. Learn information on how districts can create a data dashboard for school boards. This course will also cover tips on how to use key data to monitor student achievement and assistance to boards in the use of key data for directing policy level decisions will also be covered. Participants will explore sample dashboards to help boards understand the data and arrive at strategies for monitoring progress and improving district performance.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

What's the most effective and efficient committee structure? This new course will clarify the objectives of the school board committee structure as a way to strengthen the board's role as policy maker and provide the opportunity for board members to formulate, review, analyze and deliberate policy recommendations prior to consideration by the full board. This course will explore the advantages and disadvantages of the committee of a whole, silo committee and model committee structures. Learn how to effectively use committees to: - Divide the work of governing into manageable chunks. - Ensure more thorough and thoughtful preparation. - Establish standing committees that can serve as a vehicle for continuously fine-tuning and upgrading the board's involvement in key governing areas like planning and external relations.
Time
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
12:30 PM

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